Coronavirus: the Walloon Region provides for new aid measures

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)

Following the latest measures taken by the De Croo government, the Walloon government yesterday announced new aid. Below, we will take a closer look at its press release on aid for the hospitality and service voucher sector. 

Specific financial compensation for companies in the hospitality sector 

Following the announcement by the Consultative Committee to close bars and restaurants for four weeks and in order to reduce the direct economic impact of this measure, the (Walloon) Government has decided to grant specific financial compensation to companies in the following (sub)sectors:

NACE code:

Description of the activity


Full service catering


Limited service catering


Cafés and bars


Other drinking establishments

To meet the sector's demand, the (Walloon) Government has expressed the wish that this system would take into account the size of companies, based on the number of staff in full-time equivalents (FTE). The compensation amounts are broken down as follows:

Number of FTE





€ 3,000

€ 5,000

€ 7,000

€ 9,000

Increased support for sectors still at a standstill 

At the end of September, the (Walloon) government announced a support mechanism for the self-employed and companies still at a standstill, among others the events sector, tour operators, coach operators, fairground people, ... Companies are eligible for aid if they demonstrate a decrease of 60% in their quarterly turnover (3rd quarter 2020 compared to 3rd quarter 2019).

This system took into account both the turnover of companies/self-employed persons and their size in terms of staff (number of full-time equivalents). In view of the continuing crisis, the government has decided to:

- Increase the financial intervention from 15% to 30% of the quarterly turnover (3rd quarter)

- Double the minimum amount of the financial intervention from € 1,500 to € 3,000

- Increase the different ceilings:


Minimum amount of the financial intervention:

Ceiling 1 (0 FTE)

Ceiling 2
(1-9 FTE)

Ceiling 3
(10<50 FTE)

Ceiling 4
(50 and + FTE)

€ 3,000

€ 5,000

€ 10,000

€ 20,000

€ 40,000

The following sectors are eligible:

NACE code:

Description of the activity


Urban and suburban passenger land transport


Other passenger land transport




Discotheques, dancings and the like


Motion picture projection activities


Other specialised design activities (design of exhibition stands)


Photographic activities


Other photographic activities


Renting and leasing of crockery, glassware, kitchen utensils, tableware, electric household appliances and other household utensils


Renting and leasing of textiles, clothing, jewellery and footwear


Renting and leasing of flowers and plants


Renting and leasing of tents


Travel agencies, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities


Organisation of conventions and trade shows


Creative, arts and entertainment activities


Fairground activities

The sectors covered by the following NACE codes are now also eligible for the system:

NACE code:

Description of the activity


Other amusement and recreation activities


Retail sale via stalls and markets


Taxi operation


Support for the service voucher sector 

The resurgence of COVID-19 will have a significant economic and social impact. In order to prevent major social tragedies, to financially support the 40,000 female employees in the service voucher sector and to compensate the losses due to new cancelled services, the (Walloon) government has decided to grant a lump sum of € 5,000 for October for each company with its registered office in Wallonia. A measure to compensate for hours paid but not worked will be introduced for November and December in order to keep female employees at work.


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